J.J. Johnson Scholarship Golf Tournament is Saturday

FAIRMONT — First Baptist Church in Fairmont is hosting the J.J. Johnson Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday.

The event begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at the Pinecrest Country Club & Golf Course in Lumberton. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The tournament raises money for a scholarship fund named in honor of Joy Joseph Johnson. A former mayor of Fairmont, Johnson was minister for more than 40 years with First Baptist Church. He also served with the General Baptist State Convention, led the Lumber River Baptist Association, was a member of the state House of Representatives, worked as a North Carolina Parole Commissioner and helped found the Robeson County African-American Cultural Center. He was also a member of the Fairmont Tri-Racial Committee, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and the board of trustees for Robeson Community College, among other affiliations.

The scholarship is awarded to Robeson County youth who show academic promise and give back to their churches and communities. Applicants are selected based on academics, personal essays, church and community involvement and in-person interviews.

Since the fund was started more than $45,000 in scholarships have been awarded to seniors graduating from the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Entry fees for the tournament are $50 per player and $200 per team and include green fees, cart, range balls, scoring, water, juice and catered lunch. Prizes will be awarded for first place, second place, third place, longest drive, closest to the pin and a putting contest. There will also be giveaways.

For information, call 910-733-1781

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